A feasibility study of rice-salt solution for oral rehydration (OR) was conducted in a village in the Chandpur area of rural Bangladesh in 1983. 305 mothers of children aged 0-4 years were interviewed with a pretraining questionnaire to find out about the availability of rice. The mothers were then trained and encouraged to use rice-salt OR solution to treat patients with diarrhoea. Evaluation of training was assessed by means of field diarrhoea surveillance, case follow-up, rice-salt OR solution sample analysis, and a post-training survey. The study showed that mothers in rural areas could prepare rice-salt OR solution quite easily and use it to treat diarrhoea patients. Mothers considered that this method would increase the utilisation of OR treatment in rural homes. After training rice-salt OR solution was the most common method of treatment for diarrhoea.
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